New Release Round-Up 04-21-17
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More - Concord Records
Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More celebrates the musical legacy of one of rock's most influential bands - Big Star - and their legendary THIRD album. Experience this classic of late '70s power pop through the prism of a collective of immensely talented fans, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, and, of course, Big Star. Following the untimely death of Alex Chilton two days ahead of Big Star's SXSW performance in 2010, famous friends and fans came from far and wide to play the gig in his honor. Much of that spontaneous ensemble, along with other musical titans, assembled at Glendale, CA's ALEX Theatre in April 2016 to record and film an epic performance.
THE RAVEONETTES - 2016 Atomized - Raveonettes Ltd
The culmination of twelve monthly 2016 singles from the acclaimed Danish duo. The Raveonettes have completed their RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH which began at the start of 2016 where the band would release a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. 2016 Atomized features a collection of new tracks that aren't bound by the constraints of the format. Previous 2014 album Pe'ahi reached #5 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" soundscanning over 10,000 albums and received praise from NPR, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, NME and more. They've issued seven albums since 2003, via Columbia, Vice, and their own Beat Dies imprint.
THE BLACK ANGELS - Death Song - Partisan Records
Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on Death Song serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. “Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion. Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.
SHERYL CROW - Be Myself - Warner Bros.
For this album, Sheryl Crow worked again with producer, musician, and songwriter Jeff Trott, a long-time collaborator throughout her career. Trott co-wrote many of Crow's classic hits including "If It Makes You Happy" and "My Favorite Mistake." Crow says her main goal was "to investigate what made my early songs strike people as being authentic and original. So for the first time in my life, I made it a point to sit down and really listen to my old records. I'd drive my kids to school and play the old stuff as I came back home. That helped me remember what it felt like when I was just beginning as an artist. But it wasn't about repeating myself. It was about revisiting where I came from and seeing where that would take me now." Be Myself is like each of her preceding releases: thoughtful and candid. It's unlike them too, mainly in that it represents contradictory movement -- a look at the world today powered in part by a return to the energy that first lofted Crow and her music into the limelight.<
IMELDA MAY - Life Love Flesh Blood - Verve
Imelda May has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, acoustic, cinematic drama and explosive balladry. She is setting a new course with a collection of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written. May has long been admired by her peers in the music community, including Bono, who says of May, "I love the girl she used to be but I think I love even more the woman she's become. Still mischievous and playful, still a siren, but there's an ache in her voice now that has me with a glass at my ear to the wall of her world where trouble has entered the room. There's an erotic power here that's not just feminine power. She makes truth telling an invitation to intimacy." Imelda May has finally made the album she's always wanted to make. "I've called it Life Love Flesh Blood because that encompasses everything," says Imelda. "It's all in there: birth, sex, love, divorce and death. It's the story of my life."
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.